HAMILTON, N.Y. – Dartmouth men’s hockey team junior Kevin Neiley scored a third-period goal to cut the deficit for the to just one, but the Big Green did eventually fall, 2-1, in the first-ever game between the two programs at Colgate’s Class of 1965 Arena.
Neiley’s second of the season came on a faceoff play 6:04 into the third, making it a 2-1 game. Sophomore John Ernsting picked up the lone assist on the play, winning the draw back to Neiley for the high shot over the shoulder of Raiders (6-13-5, 4-6-2 ECAC Hockey) netminder Charlie Finn.
However, it was a memorable night for Finn as he ended up picking up the win in addition to breaking the program’s all-time record for saves in a career (3,071) on his final stop of the night.
His counterpart in Dartmouth (7-11-3, 4-8-2 ECAC Hockey) netminder Devin Buffalo was bested just twice in the game, one with six seconds remaining in the first on a power-play goal from Brett Corkey and then again 1:23 into the middle frame by Bobby McMann. Buffalo finished with 24 saves.
The Colgate win gives the two teams a split this season after Dartmouth took the Nov. 5 game in Hanover, 2-0.
The visitors finished the night 0-for-6 on the power play with the home team scoring once in five tries. The Green and White held a 27-26 edge in shots on goal thanks to a 9-5 advantage in the final period.
Dartmouth is back in action Saturday night in Ithaca, taking on No. 14 Cornell at Lynah Rink.